1981 Land Rover Series 3 Petrol SWB 88 For Sale

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Series 3
Previous Owners: 
Item Location: 
Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Drive Side: 
Right-hand drive
Four Wheel Drive
Exterior Color: 
Tow Bar
Engine Size: 
Safety Features: 
4-Wheel Drive, Rear seat belts
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Description 1981 Land Rover Series 3 Petrol SWB 88

‘Jim’ – GYM 486W – 1981 Land Rover Series 3

‘Jim’ – as he is affectionately named is a
1981 Land Rover Series 3, 2.25L Petrol, SWB Utility Model.

Available for sale to fund other projects,
Jim has recently undergone a light restoration in preparation for an MOT and

As you can see from the photos, this Land
Rover benefits from having original paint on many panels, owing to a fantastic
and genuine patina. Newly painted items include the nearside front wing and the
newly fitted door tops. Unfortunately a previous owner has painted a area on
the rear wing – I’ve left this as is, as I feel it adds to the overall characterful
look of the Series.

Overall this is an incredibly straight
Series 3 that will surely appreciate over the coming years. The bulkhead is in
very good condition as seen and the chassis has been maintained over the years
where necessary up to MOT standard. 

Jim recently passed his MOT with only one
advisory for an oil leak; obviously like many Land Rovers of this vintage he
does leave his mark!

The 2.25 Petrol engine runs sweetly and
starts on the button, although perhaps running slightly rich in my opinion at
the minute (not such an issue this time of year mind).  A previous owner has fitted an electric fuel
pump under the driver’s seat (as he planned to run two tanks) I have not
changed this set up and I’ve had no issues with the electrical pump.

Jim does drive very well for the year, and
the gearbox pulls through all the gears as expected. (One of very few that I’ve
driven in recent years with the reverse position spring still intact!) The
steering has a little more play than I would like, although this is to be
expected with a Land Rover of this age.

Seat belts are fitted in the rear with the
relevant bracing beneath the tub, this allows for the fitting of bench seating,
should the new owner require it. I have some seat pads I will throw in if you

Clearly the Land Rover has had a reasonable
amount of welding over the years, this appears to have been a body off job – to
MOT standard. I’ve included an under-body photo taken when up on the lift, I
can provide a few more photos like this if needed. (Access to the lift is not
available when viewing unfortunately).

I’ve carried out a reasonable amount of work
on Jim myself recently, some electrical work was completed on the lighting circuit,
as well as a full brake overall and service of the cooling system. I’ve fitted
new door tops to both doors, as well as the previous owner fitting parabolic
springs on the rear.

MOT until November 2017

I can only think of a few issues to mention
here, Jim is fitted with an aftermarket air filter (not to everyone’s tastes –
I probably have a spare OEM oil bath filter somewhere), he is currently running
cross-ply tyres which are quite loud when at road speed, also I do find the
rear Parabolic leaf springs a touch too soft although that is perhaps just my

Delivery is available at your own cost,
although I always recommending viewing a vehicle before buying.

Thank you for taking the time to read the
advert, if you have any questions of if you want to view the Land Rover, just
drop me a call on 07411519100. The vehicle and I are located in Luton,

Please note, the vehicle is advertised elsewhere, so I reserve the right to end the listing at any time. No warranty is given or implied on this vehicle.

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